18 Metallica facts learned on the road with Lars Ulrich

There is a huge interview with Lars Ulrich in one of the Danish newspapers. It was published on 27th June as an introduction to Metallica’s 5-sold-out-shows in Copenhagen in July 2009 for Death Magnetic World Magnetic tour.

One Danish journalist followed Lars Ulrich for over ten days in June 2009. From Mexico City, to San Francisco, to Copenhagen, to Oslo… several interesting things came out from these days and this is the collection of best (some knows and some unknown) facts about Metallica and Lars Ulrich.

  • Lars Ulrich lives in Tiburon, California

Metallica's Lars Ulrich house Tiburon California

  • Lars Ulrich no longer uses bodyguards as it attracts too much attention and he wants to be available to the fans
  • Metallica has a full-time staff of 83 people
  • When on tour the staff is between 400 and 500 people
  • World Magnetic Tour turnover is around 60 million US Dollars
  • Personal assistant named Barbara does everything for Lars. Puts a watch on his wrist, turns on his computer, etc
  • Lars’ kids have a Danish nanny
  • Metallica’s transportable restaurant is called “Cyanide Cafe”
  • Lars Ulrich stopped using cocaine two years ago
  • Lars Ulrich eats pizza without cheese right after each concert
  • Doesn’t eat beef because of high cholesterol numbers

Metallica's Lars Ulrich kitchen

  • Metallica uses a private airplane when on tour. Blue and white colors. Rented. Space for 13 people.
  • On the trip from Mexico City to San Francisco Lars Ulrich watched Deep Purple DVD.
  • James Hetfield was pissed off at all the autograph requests in Mexico City. Didn’t talk much in the plane. Was drinking tea and watched movie Day of Wrath of Carl Theodor Dreyer. He thought the movie was boring and said 7 words during the flight of 6 hours: »Otte, ni, nul. That is Danish, right?«
  • They land in San Francisco at 6.30 in the morning. Robert Trujillo goes directly to pick up him kids to drop them off at school.

Lars Ulrich and his kid using Apple Macbook

  • Lars Ulrich’s favorite restaurant in San Francisco: Betelnut at Union Street.
  • Lars has a dog Dexter, named after Dexter Gordon.
  • Lars Ulrich likes to hang out with wealthy people and has Peter Coyote as one of close friends. Also a son of an oil billionaire is Lars’ close friend.

Lars Ulrich runing

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ronjey the Rocker August 7, 2009 at 2:32 pm

Awesome…i drum for my little band called THE AWEKENING.Now im hustling due to the bad attitude people still have about musicians in Kenya,but i thank God for people like Lars for they give me morale and a hope for a better life as a drummer.godong…godong!


2 zach paget August 25, 2009 at 1:45 am

tell lars if u can that im metallicas biggest fan i have everything of theres i got all there albums i got heaps of posters mi blanket is metallica same wiv mi pillow tell em that they gotta come to tasmania becuz we dnt get enough gd concerts mi dream has to be that they play a concert on mi 18th bday


3 David W. Holmes, Ph.D. February 9, 2010 at 2:10 am

Dear Mr. Ulrich,

I recently learned that you have tinnitus. I may be able to help you, as I have invented a portable, hand-held device that uses ultrasound to treat tinnitus. My device is FDA approved and is now being made available to audiologists and ENT physicians to dispense to their patients. i too, am an audiologist and also have a private practice in the DFW area in Texas. I would encourage you to visit our website at http://www.tinnitustreatment.com to learn more about my device. The treatment is a one-minute application of the device to the bone behind your ear. in clinical trials we found that 50% of the patients treated obtained total relief, 25% got partial relief and 25% resulted in no benefit. The duration of benefit varies from one patient to the next and results can last from a few minutes, to hours, to days and in some case even weeks. Results are obtained in one minute of treatment. Please review the information on our website and if you have any questions please call me on my cell phone 817-201-6791. I would be happy to work out a way to make my device available to you to try and see if it helps.

Best regards,

Dr. Holmes


4 Courtney April 13, 2010 at 5:46 am

Gee Lars, thats terrible that you have tinnitus (my dad has that too) that must suck soooo much. I hope Dr. Holmes’s magic works! and you are probley the only celebrity I have ever known that actually doesnt have a body guard all the time!! and yeah, I am starting to try and get into some old stuff like deep purple, black sabbath, led zep, alice in chains and stuff like that. Hope to see you in australia some time soon,

Loyal fan,
Courtney age 12.


5 RORs April 13, 2010 at 10:26 am

I think that they need to be more tolarent of fans and less money hungry. Don’t get me wrong, Met is AMAZING. The most talented and beautiful band i have ever seenor heard. But the members nees a bit of a personality check


6 Ackburn April 21, 2010 at 12:26 am

Seriously RORs, do what they do, go what they each go through, and then look at them as well,then see if you’ll say that. I highly doubt you will…


7 Courtney May 3, 2010 at 4:02 am

yeah RoRs….. I was gonna say the same thing….


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